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ADAPT THIS: “Lucid” by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk


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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of each “Adapt This” column, you’ll also find some thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Lucid by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk

The Premise: In a parallel universe where governments employ sorcerers to protect their citizens from threats both domestic and abroad, Matthew Dee is America’s newly appointed “Protector of the Realm.” A mix of espionage thriller and fantasy, Lucid follows Dee as he uncovers a dark conspiracy that threatens both the nation and the world as he knows it.

The Pitch: Created and written by “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian, Lucid is a wild, alternate-world adventure that takes some of the best elements of the spy genre and adds a liberal dose of magic to keep things fresh.

In the first four-issue miniseries, we’re introduced to Dee before he becomes the nation’s top sorcerer, and it’s easy to see the character’s big-screen potential. A well-dressed, fast-thinking secret agent who’s equally adept at casting spells and kicking butt, Dee is a James Bond-style action hero, but with a twist — he’s also an intelligent, well-meaning guy. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s without a few skeletons in his closet, and the first story arc makes it easy to see why a “Lucid” movie would be more than just an explosion-filled, popcorn blockbuster.

Of course, with any alternate- or future-world tales, the setting is often as important as the cast of characters, and McMillian has crafted a world that’s just different enough from our own to win over fans of the fantastic, while grounded enough to appeal to the average audience. Think “Fringe” with magic instead of science, and you’re on the right track.

In much the same way that shows like “True Blood” present a more adult-oriented, gritty version of magic and paranormal happenings, Lucid offers a world where magic isn’t all hand-waving and bubbling cauldrons, but rather a tool — and more often than not, a weapon — with power determined by those who wield it. Add to all that a complex political conspiracy, some procedural drama, and some frantic action sequences, and it’s easy to see why Lucid has all the makings of an edge-of-your-seat, effects-driven adventure on the big screen.

The Closing Argument: I mentioned earlier that Lucid is a bit like “Fringe,” except magic is substituted for science — and that’s a comparison worth reiterating. Matthew Dee’s job as “Protector of the Realm” is equal parts James Bond super spy and intense procedural investigation, but in this case, the tools of his trade aren’t limited to laser pens and electron microscopes. By adding magic to the mix, Lucid has opened up a world with immense possibilities.

Given the right leading man, it’s easy to see a “Lucid” movie as franchise material that kicks things off with an adventure that introduces Matthew Dee and his world, and then kicks things into high gear with all manner of threats — whether magic or otherwise.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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